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#CancelMenards

Yeah, it’s time to #CancelMendards. I’ve bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff there, but management hasn’t got a clue. Obviously they are using Agile and off-shore labor for their IT. Yes, it’s that obvious. Oh, there have been earlier minor debacles. No matter what the Web site tells you, this bracket will not fit the neck of this fire extinguisher. I had to use the crummy black plastic bracket that came with … #CancelMenardsRead more

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std::optional Example and Explanation

std::optional is an attempt by the academics on the C++ standards committee to “fix” what they believe to be abhorrent behavior. As usual they created a committee quality result. To understand my disgust with what they created you have to understand that I’ve been programming on real computers since the early 1980s. Even then VAX BASIC had OPTIONAL and a much better implementation for OPTIONAL parameters. You can read more about it in this book. … std::optional Example and ExplanationRead more

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C++ std::string_view Example

If you work in IT long enough you will learn that academics have overrun standards committees. std::string_view is an example of why an elephant is a mouse designed by academic committee. For certain there were good intentions behind this. Too many of you kids unwilling to go to college and take all of those hard classes to learn how to do things right were living via the “just throw code at it” mantra. To get … C++ std::string_view ExampleRead more

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The Myth of QML

I have railed against the incredibly poor design of QML for years. Even wrote about The Death of Commercial Application Frameworks because just like the RAD (Rapid Application Development) tools of the 1990s, they have run their course. If you want to read more about the RAD tool era read this book. Only in a shop using Agile could such a horrible design ever get considered. In a real Software Engineering shop that uses Waterfall … The Myth of QMLRead more

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The Myth of Smart Pointers

On page 206 of Beginning C++17 ISBN: 9781484233665 published in 2018 you will find the following about smart pointers. Always use either the std::vector<> container (to replace dynamic arrays) or a smart pointer (to dynamically allocate objects and manage their lifetimes). These high-level alternatives are much, much safer than the low-level memory management primitives and will help you tremendously . . . Quote from the book While using std::vector<> is usually good, the opinion expressed … The Myth of Smart PointersRead more